M.J. Webb drove north to camp at Tennessee last Thursday and returned to his Georgia home with an arsenal of weapons to destroy ball carriers.
“It went great,” Webb told InsideTennessee. “I got to work out with (former Tennessee assistant coach and defensive end) Chuck Smith and I’ve always wanted to do that. So, I really enjoyed it.
“He was like, ‘It’s all about your vision. Then you go from vision to your hands and everything and countering with that.’ So I really enjoyed that.”
The Scout three-star prospect learned “just a bunch of stuff that I can improve upon in my pass rush and everything like staying vertical. My defensive line coach never talked about saying vertical coming off the ball in pass rush. I’m going to take that back and use it.”
Following the workout with Smith, Webb spent time with Tennessee coach Butch Jones, discussing the D-lineman’s recruitment.
“It went good,” Webb said. “He loved up on me and everything like coaches usually are. He was just like, ‘You know you can come if you want,’ and all that stuff.”
The 6-foot-4, 258-pound defensive tackle from Morgan County (Ga.) High School will concentrate on a select number of schools over the course of the fall.
“I have a few in my head that I know for certain are in my top (group),” he said. “There’s a high chance Tennessee’s in it; they’re going to make the cut.”
Fourth-year Vols defensive line coach Steve Stripling is part of Webb’s attraction to Rocky Top.
“Just the way that coach Strip is, talking to him and everything,” Webb said. “You can tell he’s more of a mentor to his players also — I really enjoy that. And, then, just talking to the players and how they talk so highly of the school and that’s the reason they came here and everything.”
Webb plans on returning for a game at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on an official visit. Auburn, Kentucky and South Carolina also figure to make the cut and will get officials.
“I’ll make my decision probably in November or October,” said Webb, whose first offer came from Georgia. “I’m going to commit then.”
The D-lineman is attempting to finish up at his Madison, Georgia, school early so he can enroll in college in January.
“Trying to plan that out; we’re working on it right now. Our school system, the way that our scheduling is, it’s hard but I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to,” he said.